New Zealand hosted the IECEx 2015 general meetings

The world’s top experts on the use of electrical equipment in hazardous areas held their annual meetings in New Zealand in September 2015.

The International Electrotechnical Commission Ex committee (IECEx) selected New Zealand as the venue for its annual meetings which were held in Christchurch 14 – 18 September. As the New Zealand member of the IEC, Standards New Zealand was involved in organising the meetings.

Ex areas can be known by different names such as ‘hazardous locations’, ‘hazardous areas’, and ‘explosive atmospheres’. They are areas where flammable liquids, vapours, gases, or combustible dusts are likely to occur in quantities sufficient to cause an explosion.

Why was this important?

The IECEx certification scheme enables New Zealand companies to buy equipment from any number of world-wide companies who supply through the scheme and know that it is compliant and safe, without the need to have the equipment retested in New Zealand.

New Zealand has no electrical equipment manufacturing capabilities so we rely heavily on the use of the IECEx certified equipment to comply with hazardous areas legislation. The scheme is an essential component of the New Zealand infrastructure in this area.

The meetings took place over 5 days at the Chateau on the Park hotel in Christchurch. Approximately 120 people from 64 countries attended.

Hazardous areas seminar

There was a 1-day seminar on Wednesday, 16 September at which attendees had access to the skills and knowledge of the international Ex experts. There is more information and the presentations from the seminar on the seminar page.


GOLD sponsor


PREMIER seminar sponsor

 Gold sponsor Glencore    Premier seminar sponsor WorkSafe2  



SILVER sponsors

Silver sponsor EEA   Silver sponsor BREMCA



BRONZE sponsors

Bronze sponsor DJY Design Bronze sponsor Clarkson Electrical
Bronze sponsor Elite Electrical Bronze sponsor: Cuthbert Stewart Limited




Sponsor Electropar


Last updated 14 July 2015.